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Coventry holds third community meeting

4/18/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Photos: Lew Stamp
COVENTRY — On April 11, Coventry Local Schools officials held a third community meeting to inform voters about a combined 5.99-mill levy and bond issue appearing on the May 7 Primary/Special Election ballot.

About 25 people attended the two-hour presentation at the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Civic Center and debated the issue with district officials and with each other.

District Treasurer Aaron Butts and Superintendent Russell Chaboudy, shown above, discussed the reasoning behind the combined issue. They explained the issue — with $11 million being offered by the state — specifically would fund improvements to the district’s deteriorating facilities and the construction of a new high school. Money generated also would be used to pay down the district’s debt associated with the maintenance of the schools, Butts said.

The 34-year bond issue and levy would cost $15.29 a month for someone younger than 65 who owns a home valued at $100,000, the treasurer has said. The cost for someone older than 65 who owns a $100,000 home would be $11.47 per month, he has said.

A question-and-answer period also was held.

Butt said officials specifically addressed the district’s stand on open enrollment, which allows tax money to follow a student to a district other than his or her own.

Voters who still have questions regarding the combined levy and bond issue are encouraged to contact the treasurer’s office at 330-644-1435.

More information on the levy also can be found at www.supportcoventry.com.

— By Emily Chesnic

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